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Old 12-15-19, 10:06 PM
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Looking for quality bike shorts

I'm looking for some quality bike shorts but I don't want to spend a ton of money. I ride 99% on the road, no dirt. Do any of you folks have some ideas or want to share what you are using? A ton of money for shorts means $100 for me. I just can't bring myself to pay that kind of money. Thanks for any help you can provide.
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Old 12-15-19, 10:24 PM
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Sponeed on Amazon?
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A lot of choices on Amazon. It is all subjective on what Quality means to you and what is important.

For me I want a chamois that still feels fresh and comfortable after 60 miles. The more panels of compression material the better, also drawstrings are preferred. Longer inseams are also better. I have paid less and got more. Paid more and got less. Once you find something you like that fits your budget, buy a few. For me at least no matter the brand, cycling shorts do not last more than a couple of years.

Right now I am using Ceruti Bibs (Amazon Chinese Knockoffs) and Thermal Knickers and am pleasantly surprised with the quality, fit and padding after about 20 rides. I seriously thought about buying a pair of $200+ Assos bibs but that will have to wait for now.

https://www.amazon.com/Ceroti-Appare...471094&sr=8-12

Take your time and look for reviews by cycling websites that actually test the shorts and not Amazon reviews.
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Iíve been very pleased with my bib shorts and jerseys from The Black Bibs.

https://www.theblackbibs.com/
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Old 12-16-19, 06:44 AM
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I've been happy with these inexpensive bibs from Chain Reaction. https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod154920
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IMO, (but especially with bike shorts) ya get what you pay for...even some of the more expensive, satisfaction recognized brands end up costing $1-3/ride (at the end of their life). Early season, a targeted application of Okole Stuff makes everything tolerable.
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Old 12-16-19, 08:34 AM
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I'm also a fan of the DHB brand from Chain Reaction and Wiggle. Both sites (run by the same company now) also have a decent selection of discounted name brand cycling apparel.

Other sources for discounted name brand bike apparel that I've successfully used include Steep and Cheap (the discount wing of Backcountry.com), Sierra Trading Post (hit or miss these days), and Western Bike Works (random deals).

I generally look to spend in the $50-80 range for a good pair of (bib) shorts or tights (discounted, not MSRP). Just be sure to read reviews and size charts when shopping online; European and Asian sizing can differ from American sizing.
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Old 12-16-19, 09:49 AM
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Zoot thin lined trishorts
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Old 12-16-19, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by stormpeakco View Post
IMO, (but especially with bike shorts) ya get what you pay for...even some of the more expensive, satisfaction recognized brands end up costing $1-3/ride (at the end of their life). Early season, a targeted application of Okole Stuff makes everything tolerable.
Very true. I am still using a pair of Endura shorts I bought in 2011. They still look good and function well. Pricey? Maybe, I paid all of $89 for them, but, so far that is something like $11 a year. I'm okay with that.
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Old 12-16-19, 03:31 PM
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Thanks everyone! Great ideas for me to look into. I appreciate all of the responses!. I've never tried bibs but it sounds like they're worth a try.
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Being thin, I (wrongly) used to believe cycling bibs were for guys with prominent guts....bought 1/2 dozen pair of bibs (mostly P.I., Assos, & one pair of mtb specific (?name)...since I charted out stops with clothes washing facilities during GDMBR training/riding 2850 miles).....will NEVER purchase anything else (proper fitting shorts with straps obviates any folds in the chamois material, which (IMO) is mighty important to avoid following 6, 8 or even 10 hrs in the saddle (muliple days in a row).
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Sponeed, Santic, and Ceroti--can vouch for all on amazon.
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Pearl Izumi Attack shorts? Mine are 10 years old so I'm not sure if they still make them. Also Performance Bike's high end shorts are often on sale. Best bet is get one air and ride a few weeks. I'm not that pickey but my wife is only comfortable with some brands of shorts and dislikes others.
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